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Press Release - 2/7/12


ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 SEASON


ST. LOUIS— Today, the St. Louis Symphony announced its 2012-2013 season, the orchestra’s 133rd since its founding in 1880 and the eighth led by Music Director David Robertson. The 2012-2013 orchestral season is sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors and runs from September 28, 2012 through May 12, 2013.

In addition to providing both the classical favorites and contemporary music St. Louis Symphony audiences have come to expect, the 2012-2013 season will also feature music inspired by the city of Vienna and composed by such greats as Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss and Berg. “The city has been incredibly important in the production of music in many ways,” explained St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson. “Vienna produced an environment which allowed musical genius of all types to flourish.”

“This season highlights a depth and breadth of musical experiences that people in St. Louis have come to anticipate, balancing accessibility with creativity, entertainment with profundity,” said Fred Bronstein, President & CEO of the St. Louis Symphony. “There is something for everyone, and we fully expect it to help us continue to advance a key strategic goal to double our audiences over this decade. “

Another highlight of 2012-2013 is the Symphony’s triumphant return to international touring. After a 14-year hiatus, the group will tour Europe in September 2012 with performances at the Musikfest Berlin | Berliner Festspiele, at the Lucerne Festival, and at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. An additional concert will take place in London at a venue to be announced in April. The concerts will feature works by Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, Schoenberg, Gershwin, Ives and Elliott Carter. This tour has received major dedicated funding from Monsanto Company and from several anonymous donors, which in combination with performance fees ensures a balanced budget for the tour.

“The national and international reputation of the St. Louis Symphony is going to be further reinforced by our European Festivals tour in September 2012 - our first international tour in nearly 15 years - to some of the most prestigious festivals in the world, and by St. Louis’ hosting in June 2013 for the first time in nearly 50 years the League of American Orchestra’s annual conference,” Bronstein said. “In recent years, we’ve been working in a focused way to ensure the St. Louis Symphony is on a strong artistic and financial path of viability and sustainability, and the 2012-13 season will help us continue to tell that story.”

2012-2013 season highlights include:

  • Music Director David Robertson kicks off Opening Weekend with Respighi’s Pines of Rome, a musical ode to the ancient and great city. Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax will also perform.
  • For the first time with Music Director David Robertson, the St. Louis Symphony will embark on a European Tour. Cities included on the tour, scheduled for September 4-7, 2012, include London, Berlin, Lucerne and Paris.
  • Red Velvet Ball Swings!, the St. Louis Symphony’s 4th Annual Gala, brings legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Powell Hall to perform along with the St. Louis Symphony for the St. Louis premiere of Marsalis’ Swing Symphony. David and Thelma Steward are serving as this year’s Gala Chairs.
  • Orchestral Favorites include blockbusters such as Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. St. Louis Symphony Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin also leads the St. Louis Symphony in Holst’s The Planets.
  • New and adventurous music is interspersed throughout the season, including the St. Louis debuts of John Adams’ City Noir, Thomas Adès’ In Seven Days and Cindy McTee’s Double Play.
  • Live at Powell Hall concerts have solidified Powell Hall’s standing as the place to be for a variety of orchestral music appealing to all ages and backgrounds. Offerings include the St. Louis Symphony providing the live scores to the movies The Matrix and The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, as well as guest performances by pop instrumentalists Kenny G and Chris Botti.
  • Also as part of Live at Powell Hall, the St. Louis Symphony will again partner with Circus Flora to bring a bit of the big-top to its audience, in a performance combining circus magic, amazing music and the nostalgic holiday message illustrated in Dylan Thomas’s poem “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”
  • Holiday Concerts include A Gospel Christmas with Take 6, the St. Louis Symphony’s annual Holiday Celebration, Handel’s Messiah, and a special New Year’s Eve performance with David Robertson.
  • Several St. Louis Symphony Featured Musicians will solo during the season, including:

    • Principal Second Violin Alison Harney (Vivaldi’s Concerto in F major for Violin, Two Oboes, Bassoon, 2 Horns and Strings October 19 and 21, 2012)
    • Principal Bassoon Andrew Cuneo (Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in A minor, October 19 and 21, 2012)
    • Principal Cello Daniel Lee (Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major, November 9-11, 2012)
    • Concertmaster David Halen (Bernstein’s Serenade, March 23-24, 2013)
    • Principal Flute Mark Sparks (Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto, March 23-24, 2013)
    • Principal Clarinet Scott Andrews (Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, April 26-27, 2013)
  • The St. Louis Symphony welcomes a group of exciting musicians for their Powell Hall debuts in 2012-2013, including conductors John Storgårds and Andrey Boreyko, pianist Markus Groh and violinists Vadim Gluzman, Tasmin Little and Augustin Hadelich.
  • Pulitzer Series Concerts continue during the 2012-2013 season. The St. Louis Symphony’s special collaboration with the Pulitzer Foundation--exploring the fusion between contemporary art and music--will also be celebrated during the Pulitzer Festival in June of 2012.
  • The League of American Orchestras comes to St. Louis and Powell Hall for its annual conference in June 2013 and a number of special performances are planned. It’s the first time in nearly 50 years St. Louis has hosted the conference.
  • The St. Louis Symphony’s partnership with two leading media outlets continues into 2012-2013. The Nine Network of Public Media will produce in-depth pieces featuring various musicians and performances that will air on St. Louis’s PBS station KETC-TV, Channel 9. Additionally, Saturday night subscription concerts will continue to be broadcast on St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7-KWMU and streamed live online at www.stlpublicradio.org
  • The St. Louis Symphony expands its tradition of excellence with Education and Family Concerts, incorporating creative programming that familiarizes young listeners with the Symphony and classical music.
  • New technology makes keeping up with the St. Louis Symphony easier than ever, on a revamped website, www.stlsymphony.org, mobile browser and mobile ticketing.

OPENING WEEKEND

Opening Weekend, September 28-30, 2012 promises to be a celebratory return to St. Louis after the Symphony’s European Tour. Music Director David Robertson will conduct Respighi’s Pines of Rome, a symphonic masterpiece set in and showcasing the famed city. Also on the Opening Weekend program, legendary pianist Emanuel Ax will perform Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto.

2012 EUROPEAN TOUR

In January, the St. Louis Symphony announced plans for its first European tour in more than a decade. The tour, which takes place September 4-7, 2012, includes stops in four cities (London, Berlin, Lucerne, and Paris) and solidifies the Symphony’s position as a world-class orchestra. Performances are scheduled at the Musikfest Berlin | Berliner Festspiele, the Lucerne Festival, and at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. An additional concert will take place at a venue in London to be announced in April. The concerts will feature works by Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, Schoenberg, Gershwin, Ives, and Elliott Carter. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff is the featured soloist and Monsanto is the corporate sponsor of the St. Louis Symphony’s 2012 European tour.

4th ANNUAL GALA

On October 20, 2012, the St. Louis Symphony welcomes world-famous trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Powell Hall for its 4th annual gala, called Red Velvet Ball Swings! The concert, featuring the St. Louis premiere of Marsalis’ Swing Symphony, will conclude with dinner and dancing for Gala guests held in tents adjacent to the Hall. David and Thelma Steward are this season’s Gala Chairs.

ORCHESTRAL FAVORITES

The St. Louis Symphony is proud to bring back many audience favorites this season including:

  • Respighi’s Pines of Rome, conducted by David Robertson Opening Weekend (September 28-30, 2012)
  • Mozart’s Requiem, conducted by Jun Märkl (November 9-11, 2012)
  • All-Tchaikovsky program, featuring Voyevoda, Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams,” featuring soloist Vadim Gluzman and conducted by Andrey Boreyko. (November 16-18, 2012)
  • Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Christopher Warren-Green (December 7-9, 2012)
  • Holst’s The Planets, conducted by St. Louis Symphony Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin (January 18-20, 2013)
  • Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, conducted by Gilbert Varga (January 25-27, 2013)
  • All-Mozart program, including Symphony No. 33, Clarinet Concerto (featuring Principal Clarinet Scott Andrews) and Symphony No. 40, conducted by Bernard Labadie (April 26-27, 2013)
  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by David Robertson and featuring the St. Louis Symphony Chorus (May 9-12, 2013)

NEW MUSIC

The St. Louis Symphony has proudly presented works from contemporary composers throughout its history. In 2012-13, that tradition continues with the following pieces:

  • Thomas Adès’ In Seven Days*, a piano concerto performed by soloist Kirill Gerstein and conducted by David Robertson. (November 30 and December 1, 2012)
  • Cindy McTee’s Double Play*, conducted by St. Louis Symphony Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin. (January 18-20, 2013)
  • John Adams’ City Noir*, conducted by Music Director David Robertson.(February 15-16, 2013)
  • Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto, performed by St. Louis Symphony Principal Flute Mark Sparks and conducted by David Robertson. (March 23-24, 2013)

*indicates St. Louis premiere

LIVE AT POWELL HALL

During the 2012-2013 season, Live at Powell Hall continues to delight and inspire a wide range of audiences. Offerings include:

  • The Music of Ray Charles will bring the music of the legendary soul singer to Powell Hall, merging piano, vocals and the St. Louis Symphony to celebrate the unforgettable performer. (September 21, 2012)
  • Grammy-award winning saxophone player Kenny G will share the stage and his smooth jazz sounds with the Symphony. (September 22, 2012)
  • Dorothy, Toto, and all their friends will return to Powell Hall. The St. Louis Symphony performs the score to The Wizard of Oz with the original movie playing on the big screen above. (October 26-27, 2012)
  • Get ready for a swashbuckling good time as the St. Louis Symphony provides live orchestral accompaniment to the blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. (December 28-29, 2012)
  • Acclaimed trumpeter Chris Botti brings his blend of jazz and pop to Powell Hall, playing the standards and new songs with the St. Louis Symphony. (February 23, 2013)
  • Go inside The Matrix as the St. Louis Symphony performs the live score for the futuristic modern cult classic. (April 5-6, 2013)

CIRCUS FLORA PERFORMANCE

The St. Louis Symphony again joins forces with Circus Flora to take Powell Hall under the big top! It’s an unforgettable blend of music and circus magic bringing Dylan Thomas’s famed work “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” to life. The prose poem captures a child’s view of holiday magic and will be sure to capture imaginations at Powell Hall as well. (December 14-16, 2012)

HOLIDAY CONCERTS

There’s no place like Powell Hall during the holidays and a wide variety of special programs are planned to help celebrate the season, including:

  • Handel’s Messiah (December 7-9, 2012)
  • A Gospel Christmas with the famed vocal ensemble Take 6 performing with the St. Louis Symphony’s IN UNISON® Chorus and the St. Louis Symphony (December 20, 2012)
  • The STL Symphony’s annual Holiday Celebration (December 21-23, 2012)
  • The annual New Year’s Eve Celebration with David Robertson conducting an evening of surprises (December 31, 2012)

ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY FEATURED MUSICIANS

A variety of St. Louis Symphony musicians will thrill audiences this season with challenging solo pieces, including:

  • Violin

Alison Harney: Vivaldi’s Concerto in F major for Violin, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, 2 Horns and Strings (October 19 and 21, 2012)
David Halen: Bernstein’s Serenade (March 23-24, 2013)

  • Cello

Daniel Lee: Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major (November 9-11, 2012)

  • Flute

Mark Sparks: Rouse’s Flute Concerto (March 23-24, 2013)

  • Clarinet

Scott Andrews: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (April 26-27, 2013)

  • Bassoon

Andrew Cuneo: Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in A minor (October 19 and October 21, 2012)

MUSICIAN DEBUTS

The St. Louis Symphony is proud to welcome exciting, world-class musicians for their Powell Hall debuts during the 2012-2013 season:

  • Conductor

John Storgårds (November 2-3, 2012)
Andrey Boreyko (November 16-18, 2012)

  • Piano

Markus Groh (February 1-2, 2013)

  • Violin

Vadim Gluzman (November 16-18, 2012)
Tasmin Little (March 1-2, 2013)
Augustin Hadelich (April 12-14, 2013)

  • Vocalists

Lydia Teuscher, soprano (December 7-9, 2012)
Christopher Ainslie, countertenor (December 7-9, 2012)
Daniel Montenegro, tenor (December 7-9, 2012)
Matthew Trevino, bass (December 7-9, 2012)

PULITZER SERIES CONCERTS

The relationship between modern art and modern music will again be explored during the 2012-2013 season as the St. Louis Symphony provides a series of chamber concerts at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. The space, a 21st century architectural masterpiece, is the ideal venue for these perfectly paired repertoires, which are designed to initiate conversation with the Foundation’s featured exhibit. The St. Louis Symphony is proud to be a part of the Pulitzer Festival June 14-17, 2012. Programs and dates for the 2012-2013 season will be announced at a later date.

LEAGUE OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The St. Louis Symphony is pleased to host the League of American Orchestras’ 68th Annual Conference June 17-20, 2013. The meeting offers a variety of seminars and sessions aimed at strengthening orchestras across the country. More than 800 delegates are expected and this is the first time in 50 years St. Louis has played host to the meeting. The St. Louis Symphony’s performances for the annual conference will be announced at a later date.

MEDIA PARTNERSHIPS

The St. Louis Symphony is proud to partner with the Nine Network of Public Information to bring the stories behind its music home to viewers across our community. Several St. Louis Symphony programs have been featured for in-depth pieces airing on KETC’s Living St. Louis Program, including our Youth Orchestra and Education Concerts. Previous segments have also included popular concerts, behind the scenes insights and in-depth musician interviews. For more information, visit www.ninenet.org

The 2012-2013 season also marks the third year of partnership between the St. Louis Symphony and St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7-KWMU. Each Saturday night subscription series concert will be broadcast live on the air and streamed live on the internet. Concerts in that series include:

  • Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 with Emanuel Ax as soloist, and Respighi’s Pines of Rome, conducted by David Robertson. (September 29, 2012)
  • Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Susan Graham as soloist, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, director, and The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, conducted by David Robertson. (October 6, 2012)
  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale,” Debussy’s La Mer, and Ravel’s Piano concerto in G with Pascal Rogé as soloist, conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. (October 13, 2012)
  • Bach’s Ricercal No. 2 from Musical Offering, Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yefim Bronfman as soloist, conducted by John Storgårds. (November 3, 2012)
  • Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth), Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major with Daniel Lee as soloist and Mozart’s Requiem, with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, director, conducted by Jun Märkl. (November 10, 2012)
  • Tchaikovsky’s Voyevoda, Violin Concerto with Vadim Gluzman as soloist, and Symphony No. 1 “Winter Dreams,” conducted by Andrey Boreyko. (November 17, 2012)
  • J. Strauss Jr.’s Tales from the Vienna Woods, Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, “London” and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Gil Shaham as soloist, conducted by David Robertson. (November 24, 2012)
  • R. Strauss’ Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Thomas Adès’ In Seven Days (Piano Concerto) with Kirill Gerstein as soloist and Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony conducted by David Robertson. (December 1, 2012)
  • Handel’s Messiah with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, and featured vocalists Lydia Teuscher, soprano, Christopher Ainslie, countertenor, Daniel Montenegro, tenor and Matthew Trevino, bass. Conducted by Christopher Warren-Green. (December 8, 2012)
  • Cindy McTee’s Double Play, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, director, and Holst’s The Planets, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. (January 19, 2013)
  • Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture, Bartòk’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Peter Serkin as soloist and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, conducted by Gilbert Varga. (January 26, 2013)
  • Sibelius’ Finlandia, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Markus Groh as soloist, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, conducted by Hannu Lintu. (February 2, 2013)
  • Copland’s Our Town, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety,” and John Adams’ City Noir, conducted by David Robertson. (February 16, 2013)
  • Delius’ The Walk to the Paradise Green, Elgar’s Violin Concerto with Tasmin Little as soloist, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. (March 2, 2013)
  • Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Berg’s Violin Concerto with James Ehnes as soloist, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, conducted by David Robertson. (March 9, 2013)
  • Copland’s Quiet City, Rouse’s Flute Concerto with Mark Sparks as soloist, Bernstein’s Serenade with David Halen as soloist, and Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, conducted by David Robertson. (March 23, 2013)
  • Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri Overture, Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major with Augustin Hadelich as soloist, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier. (April 13, 2013)
  • Brahms’ Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates) and Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), J. Strauss Jr.s’ Künstlerleben (Artist’s Life), Webern’s Im Sommerwind and R. Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier Suite, with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, director. Conducted by Ward Stare. (April 20, 2013)
  • Mozart’s Symphony No. 33, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, with Scott Andrews as soloist, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, conducted by Bernard Labadie. (April 27, 2013)
  • Suppé‘s Overture to Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished,” and Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, with Christine Brewer and Lucas Meachem as soloists, conducted by David Robertson. (May 4, 2013)
  • Bruckner’s “Christus factus est,” Berg’s Act III from Wozzeck, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the St Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, director, conducted by David Robertson. (May 11, 2013)

EDUCATION AND FAMILY CONCERTS

The St. Louis Symphony is proud to present four Family Concerts throughout the 2012-2013 season, each designed to capture the hearts and imaginations of younger audiences. They include:

  • Green Eggs and Ham, a classical twist on Dr. Seuss’s classic tale.
  • Hip Hop Classical Session, in cooperation with COCA. Hip hop dance is choreographed with symphonic music to illustrate musical concepts.
  • Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with DanceWorks Chicago, an unforgettable and clever introduction to all of the sections of the orchestra.
  • The Remarkable Farkle McBride, actor John Lithgow’s beloved book comes to life on stage at Powell Hall.

NEW TECHNOLOGY

Keeping up with the St. Louis Symphony is easier than ever thanks to improvements on-line and through mobile device applications. The St. Louis Symphony’s website (www.stlsymphony.org) was recently revamped with the customer experience in mind. It’s easier to navigate and access on a PC or mobile device. In addition, the STL Symphony recently added an iPhone app and mobile ticketing site that allows customers to buy tickets and access concert information from their smartphones.

RETURNING GUEST CONDUCTORS

  • Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (October 12-14, 2012)
  • Nicholas McGegan (October 19 and October 21, 2012)
  • Jun Märkl (November 9-11, 2012)
  • Christopher Warren-Green (December 7-9, 2012)
  • Leonard Slatkin (January 18-20, 2013)
  • Gilbert Varga (January 25-27, 2013)
  • Hannu Lintu (February 1-2, 2013)
  • Sir Andrew Davis (March 1-2, 2013)
  • Yan Pascal Tortelier (April 12-14, 2013)
  • Bernard Labadie (April 26-27, 2013)

RETURNING GUEST ARTISTS

  • Piano

    Emanuel Ax (September 28-30, 2012)
    Pascal Rogé (October 12-14, 2012)
    Yefim Bronfman (November 2-3, 2012)
    Kirill Gerstein (November 30-December 1, 2012)
    Peter Serkin (January 25-27, 2013)
    Radu Lupu (February 8-10, 2013)
    Orli Shaham (February 15-16, 2013)

  • Violin

    Gil Shaham (November 23-25, 2012)
    James Ehnes (March 8-9, 2013)

  • Vocalists

    Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano (October 5-6, 2012)
    Christine Brewer, soprano (May 3-5, 2013)
    Lucas Meachem, baritone (May 3-5, 2013)

EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

The St. Louis Symphony’s External Affairs Department coordinates the Symphony’s Education, Community Partnership and Youth Orchestra programs. Its mission: To enrich people’s lives
through the power of music by providing many free, live events in intimate community settings. Each year, the St. Louis Symphony shares its talent with thousands of people in our area. This is accomplished in several ways:

  • Education efforts:
    • Adopt-a-School, an intensive, residency-type partnership between the STL Symphony and school music programs throughout the area.
    • Symphony in Your School, a mini-residency program with resources including visits from STL Symphony musicians and staff, plus additional cross-curricular lesson plans.
    • Education and Family Concerts, held four times each season. More than 40,000 children attend these performances at Powell Hall each year.
    • PNC Grow Up Great Early Childhood program, introducing pre-school children to classical music and concepts.
  • Community Partnership efforts:
    • Symphony in Your City, free performances held at venues throughout the city of St. Louis, including Powell Hall.
    • Symphony in Your Neighborhood, free performances at special community venues.
    • Symphony in Your College, providing performances and master classes at colleges and universities in both Missouri and Illinois
    • SymphonyCares, bringing the power of music to patients in hospitals, retirement communities and assisted living facilities.
    • Symphony Where You Worship, including the IN UNISON® Chorus and church program. The In Unison program provides performances at more than 40 African-American churches throughout the St. Louis area each year; the chorus performs at Powell Hall several times each season. Other Symphony Where You Worship performances take place at synagogues and interfaith events.
  • St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra:
    • Trains talented musicians from more than three dozen schools.
    • New this season, the group’s three performances at Powell Hall will be free.

To learn more about the Education and Community Partnership programs of the St. Louis Symphony, visit www.stlsymphony.org/cp

 

Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and is widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director and second American-born conductor in the Orchestra’s history. In its 132nd season, the St. Louis Symphony continues to strive for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, the Symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting more than 250 free education and community partnership programs each year. In June 2008, the Symphony launched Building Our Business, which takes a proactive, two-pronged approach: build audiences and re-invigorate the Symphony’s brand making the St. Louis Symphony and Powell Hall the place to be; and build the base for enhanced institutional commitment and donations. This is all part of a larger strategic plan adopted in May 2009 that includes new core ideology and a 10-year strategic vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, doubling the existing audience, and revenue growth across all key operating areas.